ಗುಂಪಲ್ಲಿ ಗೋವಿಂದ: Gumpalli Govinda – a Kannada talk on collective behaviour at Munnota

A couple of months ago, I gave a talk at Munnota Book store, where they organise some really good Kannada talks on science, social and political issues related to Kannada and Karnataka. Links to poster, videos of the talk (1.5 hours in all), etc are all given below. This was probably my first ever talk fully in Kannada on a science topic (of course, I was part of Thale Harate and Janasuddi podcasts recently, but this was a live talk to a larger audience). I really really enjoyed it. I hope to get more such opportunities.

ಸುಮಾರು ಎರಡು ತಿಂಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ, ಮುನ್ನೋಟ ಬುಕ್ ಸ್ಟೋರ್ ಅವರು ನಡೆಸುವ ಮಾತುಕತೆ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾನು ಪ್ರಾಣಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಗುಂಪಿನ ನಡವಳಿಕೆಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಒಂದು ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮ ನಡೆಸಿದೆ. ಅದ ವೀಡಿಯೋ ಮತ್ತು ಪೋಷ್ಟರ್ ಗಳು ಇಲ್ಲಿವೆ.

ಇದರ ವಿಶೇಷವೇನೆಂದರೆ, ಇದು ನಾನು ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ  ಕೊಟ್ಟ ಮೊದಲ ವಿಜ್ಞಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂಬಂಧ ಪಟ್ಟ ಭಾಷಣ. ಇಂತಹ ಅವಕಾಶ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಟ್ಟ ಮುನ್ನೋಟ ಅವರಿಗೆ ನನ್ನ ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳು.

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Poster for the talk: 

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Thale-Harate’ podcast with Pavan Srinath and Ganesh Chakravarthi in Kananda (ಕನ್ನಡ)

Listen to my ‘Thale-Harate’ podcast with Pavan Srinath and Ganesh Chakravarthi in Kananda (ಕನ್ನಡ): 


On topics ecology, physics, some of my research work and on doing science in India.

I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation during recording, and I hope you too! Any feedback welcome.

Since its an hour and a half long, here is roughly how the topics of discussions go:

0 – 33 minutes: On ecology, how principles and methods of physics/mathematics can be useful. Includes examples from my own research work on ecosystem collapse and collective animal movement.

33 – 55 minutes: How does research actually happen? Did you have eureka-moments? What is the life of a processor and scientist like at work?

55 mins to 1:25 hrs: On Indian science and global competitiveness.

ಕೇಳಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮತ್ತು ಪ್ರೊಫೆಸರ್/ವಿಜ್ಞಾನಿಯ ಜೀವನದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ : ತಲೆ-ಹರಟೆ podcast !!!

ಇತ್ತೇಚೆಗೆ ನಾನು ತಲೆ ಹರಟೆ ಪಾಡ್ಚಸ್ಟ್ ನಡೆಸುವ ಪವನ್ ಶ್ರೀನಾಥ್ ಮತ್ತು ಗಣೇಶ್ ಚಕ್ರವರ್ಥಿ ಅವರ ಜೋತೆ, ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಸಂಶೋದನೆಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ದೀರ್ಘವಾದ ಮಾತುಕತೆ ನಡೆಸಿದೆ. ಆದನ್ನು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕೇಳಿ:

ಇದರಲ್ಲಿ ಅನೇಕ ವಿಷಯಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಹರಟೆ ಹೊಡೆದಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಸುಮಾರು ಒಂದೂ ವರೆ ಘಂಟೆ ಕಾಲ!!! ಇವುಗಳು ಸುಮಾರು ಈ ಗತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮೂಡಿ ಬಂದಿವೆ:

1 – 33 mins:  ಏನಿದು ವಿಚಿತ್ರ, ಭೌತಶಾಸ್ತ್ರದ ತತ್ವಗಳು ಪರಿಸರ ವಿಜ್ಞಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೇಗೆ ಬಳಕೆ? ಪರಿಸರ-ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ-ಕುಸಿತ ಮತ್ತೆ  ಪ್ರಾಣಿ ಗುಂಪುಗುಳಿತನ – ಇವುಗಳ ಉದಾಹರಣೆ  ಮತ್ತೆ ಚರ್ಚೆ!

33 – 55 mins:  ಸಂಶೋಧನೆ ನಡೆಯುವ ಬಗೆ ಹೇಗಿರುತ್ತದೆ? ನಿಮಗೂ eureka-moment ಆಗಿದಿಯಾ?  ಪ್ರೊಫೆಸರ್ ಮತ್ತೆ ವಿಜ್ಞಾನಿ ಅವರ ಜೀವನ ಅಂದರೆ ಹೇಗಿರುತ್ತದೆ?

55 to 1:25 mins: ಭಾರತದ ವಿಜ್ಞಾನಿಗಳು ಜಾಗತಿಕಗವಾಗಿ ಅತ್ಯುತ್ತಮ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆ ಮಾಡಲು ಏನು ಮಾಡಬೇಕು?

ಜಾಣಸುದ್ದಿ-ಯಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ಚಿಕ್ಕ ಮಾತುಕತೆ – ನಮ್ಮ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ!!

ನಮ್ಮ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಕ್ಷಿಪ್ತವಾಗಿ ಕೇಳಿ – ಜಾಣಸುದ್ದಿಯ ಈ ವಾರದ ಸಂಚಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ:

ಇದರಲ್ಲಿ ನಾನು ಪ್ರಾಣಿಗಳ ಗುಂಪುಗುಳಿತನದ (Collective behaviour) ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತಾಡಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ಕೊಲ್ಲೆಗಾಳ ಶರ್ಮಾ (CFTRI, Mysore) ಅವರ ಜೊತೆ ನನ್ನ  ಮಾತು ೧೩ ನಿಮಿಷದಿಂದ ಶುರುವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಸುಮಾರು ಹತ್ತು ನಿಮಿಷ ಮಾತ್ರ!

ನಿಮಗೆ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಜ್ಞಾನದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ತಿಳಿಯಲು ಆಸಕ್ತಿ ಇದ್ದರೆ, ಜಾಣಸುದ್ದಿ ತಪ್ಪದೇ ಕೇಳಿ! ಪ್ರತೀ ಭಾನುವಾರದ ದಿನ ಒಂದು ಸಂಚಿಕೆ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಜಾಣಸುದ್ದಿಯ Whatsapp group-ge ಸೇರಲು, ಕೊಲ್ಲೆಗಾಳ ಶರ್ಮ ಅವರನ್ನು ಸಂಪರ್ಕಿಸಿ.

Hari Sridhar’s recent paper on Mixed-species flocks covered in Indian Express

Amitabh Sinha at Indian Express has a nice summary of Hari Sridhar’s recently published paper on “Friendship across species borders: factors that facilitate and constrain heterospecific sociality”.

Click here for the Indian Express article with the nice title: “Costs and benefits: Why birds of a feather sometimes don’t flock together”. This is how it looks in the newspaper!


Click here for the original research article.



(New) Paper on dryland ecosystem transitions and coverage in Deccan herald

Although I have tweeted quite a bit about this paper, I have been rather slow to announce this paper on this blog.

Chen Ning, Kailiang Yu, C Jayaprakash, Vishwesha Guttal, 2018, Rising variability, not slowing down, as a leading indicator of a stochastically driven abrupt transition in a dryland ecosystem, The American Naturalist, 191: E1 E14Data and Codes via Dryad. 

In this paper, we conduct an empirical test of early warning signals in a dryland ecosystem in China. This was based on a very cool email-collaboration with Chen Ning, a graduate student at that time.

The empirical analyses closely match with results of one of my PhD thesis paper with Prof C Jayaprakash, who is also a coauthor on this paper.

Suma from Gubbi Labs wrote this really nice popular article for Research Matters and it was also picked up by Deccan Herald, a very prominent English newspaper in South India !!!!


New paper on financial market crashes and media coverage

Our new paper showing “Lack of Critical Slowing Down Suggests that Financial Meltdowns Are Not Critical Transitions, yet Rising Variability Could Signal Systemic Risk” is out in PLoS ONE!

Nature India carried out a very nice article on our work, written by Mr Varma. National University of Ireland, Galway issued a press-release (an initial draft of which was written by Rajashree of Science Media Centre, IISc). and featured it on their website. Here is a media article at Deccan Herald, but whats written there just does not make sense.

This work was done in collaboration with Dr Srinivas Raghavendra, an economist at the National University of Ireland, Galway. We started the work sometime in mid-2012. Nikunj Goel, a Physics undergraduate student at IISc, joined this work in early 2014 and did enormous contributions to the manuscript. Quentin Hoarau, an undergraduate itern from CNS, France, was also a co-author on the manuscript.

Media coverage of our winter school modern finance and macroeconomics

Along with my collaborators Srikanth Iyer and Srinivas Raghavendra, I am organising an ICTS conference on “Modern finance and macroeconimics” from Dec 22nd and Jan 2nd.

We are delighted that our school got a coverage from Deccan Herald, an important newspaper in southern India. My colleague Srinivas Raghavendra and a student participating in the conference are quoted in the article.

In this school, I will be teaching techniques related to our collaborative work on testing predictions of early warning signals of critical transitions in financial markets. This work was done with Srinivas Raghavendra and my former UG students Nikunj Goel and Quentin Hoarau.

And Happy new year to all!

Comments on opportunities for scientific research in India [Updated]

Mr. GBSNP Varma is writing a series of articles in Science Careers (online) section of the Science magazine to highlight opportunities and challenges for scientific research in India. In the part 1 of this series, myself and several of my colleagues and collaborators such as Dr. Maria Thaker and Prof. Sriram Ramaswamy have been interviewed.

Read the article here: Part 1: In India, Abundant Opportunities

My picture in the article in my office was taken by Ashwin Viswanathan, with all of my lab members making fun of how I pose to pictures (and I was nervous)!

Update (12/11/2013): here is the part 2 of the article focussing on challenges of doing research in India.